Just like any piece of complex work requires maintenance, your smile needs regular care to function and keep looking its best. That’s why it’s essential to adhere to good oral hygiene, including bi-annual appointments with Montclair Dental Care in Oakland, California. Routine dental care will help you:
Maintaining a healthy smile sounds easy, but many of us take our oral health for granted. Dr. Kenneth Childers is here to remind us about oral hygiene practices we should maintain for life to keep our smile healthy and beautiful.
If you want a beautiful smile, maintaining oral health should be your priority. Observe the valuable tips below to keep your gums and teeth healthy for life.
If you fail to do anything for your smile, at least brush your teeth daily, preferably in the morning and before retiring to bed. Brushing removes the bulk of harmful bacteria and food debris to keep your mouth free from disease, cavities, and bad breath. For effective tooth brushing, choose your tools wisely. Dentists recommend using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste.
While a manual toothbrush works, you can consider an electric one for increased effectiveness. Whatever the toothbrush you opt for, ensure you spend at least two minutes brushing. Hold the brush at a 45-degree angle and reach every tooth surface. Replace the toothbrush every three months or sooner if you spot signs of wear.
We’ll never tire of telling you to floss your teeth at least once daily, especially before bedtime. Dental floss accesses areas too tiny for your toothbrush, removing food debris and plaque.
Mouthwash helps remove unwanted bacteria. However, not all oral rinses are created equal. Only use ADA-approved mouthwash for effectiveness and gentleness. Remember, mouthwash isn’t a substitute for brushing and flossing — use it to complement your daily oral hygiene.
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Despite your dedicated oral hygiene at home, don’t skip a date with Dr. Childers and our dental hygienists every six months. Dental exams allow the dentist to spot and treat oral issues that may have passed your notice at home. Professional cleanings also remove built-in dental calculus from areas missed by home dental tools.
By following the tips above, you are on your way to a healthy, confident smile. For professional oral hygiene services in Oakland, CA, dial (510) 328-7792 to schedule an appointment with Montclair Dental Care.